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Donna Huanca’s “Piedra Quemada”

LOWER BELVEDERE, Vienna

Installation view of Donna Huanca’s “Piedra Quemada” at Lower Belvedere, Vienna, 2018.
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Rose-Anne Gush

Flatness, surface, posture, and the notion of cycles animate Donna Huanca’s “Piedra Quemada” [Scorched Stone]. The exhibition, displayed across Vienna’s Lower Belvedere museum, is a Gesamtkunstwerk consisting of 33 works including paintings, mixed-media sculptures, and live models whose bodies, painted by the artist with bright colors, move slowly throughout the... continue reading
Haim Steinbach’s “Mojave”

GALERIE HUBERT WINTER, Vienna

Haim Steinbach, eswürdesoaussehen, 2018.
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Max L. Feldman

“Mojave” is the name of the rectangular desert-yellow color furthest to the left in Haim Steinbach’s mural eswürdesoaussehen [itwouldlooklikethis] (2018). Painted on the back wall of the gallery, this 13-color dissection of an Ellsworth Kelly painting is individuated by English translations of the Austrian names of wall paint hues (Hitradio... continue reading
View of Sebastian Jefford’s “Procrustean Flatulence” at Gianni Manhattan, Vienna, 2018.
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Kimberly Bradley

Procrustean—what does the word even mean? In Greek mythology, Procrustes was the son of Poseidon, and a thief who tortured his victims by making them lie on an iron bed. If their bodies were too long, he’d cut off the oversized bits; too short, he’d stretch their limbs to fit.... continue reading
Július Koller’s “Subjektobjekt”

GALERIE MARTIN JANDA, Vienna

Július Koller, Question Mark 1-4, Anti-Happening, 1969.
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Max L. Feldman

Július Koller’s “anti-happenings” are reflexive practices, acting out a lived situation—relating mostly to Czechoslovakia’s repressive, post–Prague Spring “normalization” period between 1969 and 1987 and the limits of artistic activity at the time. Documenting silly or banal everyday activities, including ping-pong games, taking photographs of groups standing in a question mark... continue reading
Vienna Roundup

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, Vienna

View of Ferdinand Kriwet's "KRIWET," curated by Gregor Jansen, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, 2017.
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Orit Gat

Walking home at night, I pass by Campaign (1972), a two-channel video installation by Ferdinand Kriwet projected onto the storefront windows of Georg Kargl Fine Arts. In the dark street, the images of television footage from the 1972 US presidential campaign fronting Richard Nixon and George McGovern are silent; at... continue reading
Ferdinand Kriwet’s “KRIWET”

GEORG KARGL FINE ARTS, Vienna

View of Ferdinand Kriwet's "KRIWET," curated by Gregor Jansen, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, 2017.
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Kimberly Bradley

Whirlpools of words, sans-serif swirls: language is both subject and material of Ferdinand Kriwet’s exhibition at Georg Kargl Fine Arts, part of this year’s curated by_Vienna.(1) In some of Kriwet’s text-based works, the typographical forms take clear precedence over linguistic sense; in others, the words’ meaning packs the stronger punch. “KRIWET”... continue reading

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